Mr. Bayard to Mr. de Claparède

Sir: I received yesterday at my residence, with the sincerest concern and distress, the melancholy announcement of the serious amputation to which President Hertenstein had been subjected.

The President of the United States instructs me to convey an expression of his sympathy, and his hopes that President Hertenstein is rapidly recuperating from the operation, which he trusts may restore him to his usual health.

Accept, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.